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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Aug. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,857,355-60%3,745--$1,030$42,000,1801Universal
2The Campaign$3,141,082-54%3,205--$980$29,729,5421Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,344,003-58%3,690-552$635$391,932,2194Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$1,571,621-59%2,361--$666$20,674,7991Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,113,759-45%3,40110$327$31,469,9332Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,012,200-57%3,6010$281$45,113,6322Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$818,509-53%3,103-439$264$144,513,4905Fox
8Ted (2012)$408,480-53%2,208-559$185$210,257,0657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$369,403-55%1,898-708$195$30,625,9833Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$306,746-52%2,463-705$125$31,702,8253Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$296,844-51%1,585-840$187$255,761,5216Sony / Columbia
12Brave$256,571-52%1,259-851$204$227,502,1028Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$174,188-51%800--$218$2,340,3471ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$91,420-47%447-240$205$42,166,21212Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$90,575-56%286-32$317$7,250,7317Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$64,629-44%306-198$211$211,750,82810Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$62,490-41%450-752$139$112,301,4397Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$60,345-52%261197$231$1,300,9453Fox Searchlight
7The Hunger Games$46,615-49%260-31$179$407,340,90721Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$46,286-55%1940$239$9,345,12612Weinstein Company
9Savages$38,155-49%318-386$120$46,846,2806Universal
10Snow White and the Huntsman$35,490-54%273-36$130$154,334,55011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$27,087-36%202-75$134$25,101,3946Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$26,087-61%364-373$72$64,768,5827Lionsgate
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$22,617-52%184-46$123$45,397,95315Fox Searchlight
14Prometheus$17,322-48%141-57$123$126,065,59110Fox
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$13,405-50%130-35$103$37,192,8588Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$44,426-17%520$854$7,340,76117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,202-7%330$430$20,503,94171Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,951-48%73-48$123$3,611,97610FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,637-54%45-87$81$79,715,31514Warner Bros.
5Rock of Ages$2,394-45%57-88$42$38,511,7369Warner Bros. / New Line
6Easy Money (2012)$2,064-64%71$295$145,3215Weinstein Company
7A Cat In Paris$966-56%12-2$81$288,67611GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$547-63%10-24$55$5,669,62811ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$324-19%456$7$64,933,99420Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$14-93%2-48$7$38,8562Roadside Attractions